|This painting by Dawn Grimes Myers depicts the entrance of Union Station in Los Angeles.|
|This is another angle of the same piece depicting the train station.|
Coming up with an innovative way to display artwork can put an artist between a rock and a hard place. Not for artist Dawn Grimes Myers. In fact, she uses rocks as her canvas.
An exhibit titled Sketched in Stone: Capturing Architectural History on Stone will feature her creative paintings of historic architectural landmarks. The show will be at the Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center from Dec. 7 to Dec. 20.
Grimes Myers holds a bachelor's degree from the UCLA School of Art & Architecture where she earned recognition for her natural ability in architectural design. The idea of painting a structure on a stone canvas gives her the ability to capture the character of a building on an element in nature's purest form.
“Architecture defines our lives in so many ways, from memories of the homes we grew up in to the schools and commercial structures that have special meanings for us,” the Claremont-based artist stated. “My painting connects my love of architecture with my love of history and what connects people to the buildings in their lives.”
This show features some of the artist's commissioned works, as well as paintings of historic Pomona landmarks, including the Fox Theatre, which is undergoing restoration, and homes in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.
One of Grimes Myers' favorite pieces is of Union Station in Los Angeles, representing the city's rich history. She plans to create a series of railroad station paintings including one of the Pomona station adjacent to the Pomona Arts Colony.
The opening reception will be held on Dec. 8, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the Pomona Arts Colony Second Saturday Art Walk, a monthly event where close to two dozen galleries and arts-based businesses offer exhibits, artists receptions, music and open houses for visitors strolling through the neighborhood.
The university and the community work together to share the unique cultural heritage of Pomona at the Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center, located at 300 W. Second St. Gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Formore information, call (909) 469-0080 or go to http://www.class.cpp.edu/downtowncenter/index.html.